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ZDNet UK: Linux Guru Argues Against Security Liability

Jan 19, 2007, 14:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Espiner)

"Alan Cox, one of the leading Linux kernel developers, has told a House of Lords hearing that neither open- nor closed-source developers should be liable for the security of the code they write.

"Cox, who is permanently employed at Red Hat, told the Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into personal internet security that both open- and closed-source software developers, including Microsoft, have an ethical duty to make their code as secure as possible. 'Microsoft people have a moral duty in making sure their operating system is fit-for-purpose,' Cox said on Wednesday..."

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